On-Premises Architectural Requirements for the REST API

In the near future, hybrid customers will be able to take advantage of the REST APIs for both Office 365 and on-premises mailboxes. The REST APIs (Mail, Calendar, and Contact APIs), simplify programming against Exchange by providing a familiar syntax that is designed with openness (e.g., open standards support JSON, OAUTH, ODATA) and flexibility (e.g.,…

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Hello from Microsoft Ignite (2016 edition)

We are kicking off another Microsoft Ignite conference, this time in Atlanta, Georgia. You are welcome to tune into the live stream for keynote presentations starting at 8:30 AM EDT. Action packed week ahead! Over 100 sessions are Exchange-related so there will be plenty to learn. Whether you want to hear about Tips and Tricks,…


Help us test large scale Exchange public folder migrations to Exchange Online

We are on a roll! Following our recent migration program announcement, we wanted to see if there are customers who would like to help us validate migration of larger scale public folders from Exchange on-premises to Exchange Online (EXO). Here are two parameters that define what we are looking for at this time: Public folders…


Released: Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator 8.3

Today, we released an updated version of the Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator. This release focuses around two specific enhancements. Exchange 2016 designs now take into account the CU3 improvement that reduces the bandwidth required between active and passive HA copies as the local search instance can read data from its local database copy. The…

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Released: September 2016 Quarterly Exchange Updates

Today we are announcing the latest set of Cumulative Updates for Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2013. These releases include fixes to customer reported issues and updated functionality. Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 3 and Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 14 are available on the Microsoft Download Center. Windows Server 2016 Support Windows Server…


Introducing the Mailbox Recovery Troubleshooter

Troubleshooter There are times when the deletion of a user account or a mailbox needs to be undone. It could be that you accidentally deleted the wrong user or maybe you are not really sure what happened to a mailbox, but want to attempt a recovery. Regardless of the reason, we have created a troubleshooter…


Deprecating support for SmartScreen in Outlook and Exchange

What are we announcing? On November 1, 2016, Microsoft will stop generating updates for the SmartScreen spam filters in Exchange Server 2016 and earlier (2013, 2010, 2007), Outlook 2016 for Windows and earlier (2013, 2010, 2007) and Outlook 2011 for Mac. The SmartScreen spam filter will be removed from future versions of Exchange Server and…


Important notice for Office 365 email customers who have configured connectors

Note: This post, originally published in March, got accidentally re-published on 8/23/16 when updating step 5 below. We are leaving it published as a reminder to our customers as the time for this change is now closer. If you’re an Exchange Online or Exchange Online Protection (EOP) subscriber and you have configured connectors, this post…


Migrate traditional Distribution Groups to Office 365 Groups

Over the past few months, customers are increasing both the number of Office 365 Groups created and average monthly usage. It’s great to see customers getting value out of the service. If you are using Office 365 and haven’t yet moved traditional Distribution Groups (also known as Distribution Lists or DLs) over to Office 365…


Help us test Exchange 2013/2016 to Exchange Online public folder migration

Right on the heels of our recent TAP program announcement, we wanted to see if there are customers who would like to help us validate migration of modern public folders from Exchange 2013/2016 to Exchange Online (EXO). This is a scenario that at this time we do not support, but plan on doing so. Estimated…